orrery

[ awr-uh-ree, or- ]
/ ˈɔr ə ri, ˈɒr- /

noun, plural or·rer·ies.

an apparatus for representing the positions, motions, and phases of the planets, satellites, etc., in the solar system.
any of certain similar machines, as a planetarium.

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Origin of orrery

First recorded in 1705–15; named after Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery (1676–1731), for whom it was first made

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British Dictionary definitions for orrery

orrery
/ (ˈɒrərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a mechanical model of the solar system in which the planets can be moved at the correct relative velocities around the sun

Word Origin for orrery

C18: originally made for Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery
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